Russia’s war in Ukraine
By Kathleen Magramo, Jack Guy, Adrienne Vogt, Mike Hayes and Leinz Vales, CNN
- Russia’s Defense Ministry said 89 servicemen were killed in a New Year’s Day strike in eastern Ukraine, updating an earlier toll.
- Moscow also appeared to blame Russian soldiers’ defiance of a cell phone ban for the attack, saying it was the “main cause” in helping Ukraine to track their location.
- However a prominent Russian military blogger has said the official line is “not convincing,” and proposed that the death toll is likely far greater than 89.
- The leader of Russia’s Wagner private military company said its forces have so far failed to take the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut as there is “a fortress in every house.”